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Shalako (1968)

M/PG | | Western | 13 December 1968 (UK)
In 1880 New Mexico, a group of European hunters runs afoul of the Apache but is aided by an ex-cavalryman turned guide.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Louis L'Amour (novel), James Griffith (screenplay) (as J.J. Griffith) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... Shalako
Brigitte Bardot ... Irina Lazaar
Stephen Boyd ... Bosky Fulton
Jack Hawkins ... Sir Charles Daggett
Peter van Eyck ... Frederick Von Hallstatt (as Peter Van Eyck)
Honor Blackman ... Lady Daggett
Woody Strode ... Chato
Eric Sykes ... Mako
Alexander Knox ... Henry Clarke
Valerie French ... Elena Clarke
Julián Mateos ... Rojas (as Julian Mateos)
Don 'Red' Barry ... Buffalo (as Donald Barry)
Rodd Redwing ... Chato's Father
Chief Tug Smith Chief Tug Smith ... Loco (as 'Chief' Tug Smith)
Hans De Vries Hans De Vries ... Hans
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Shalako, the hunter and tracker, has to save a party of European hunters who are in danger from an Indian uprising. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Sean Connery is Shalako! Shalako means action! Action means Bardot!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Language:

English | Spanish | German

Release Date:

13 December 1968 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Edward Dmytryk's Shalako See more »

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Budget:

$1,455,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1967 producer Euan Lloyd announced that 'Stephen Boyd (I)' (v) would reprise his role in this film in a sequel to be called "Bosky". Nothing ever came of it. See more »

Goofs

One of the cowboys killed fleeing from the overturned coach can be seen still breathing. See more »

Quotes

Countess Irina Lazaar: Shalako - it's a strange name.
Moses Zebulon 'Shalako' Carlin: Yeah. It means "rain-bringer." Zuni Indian.
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Alternate Versions

The assault and killing of Lady Daggett was heavily cut from UK cinema prints though later video releases were intact. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Postgraduate Course in Sexual Love (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Shalako
Words by Jim Dale
Music by Robert Farnon (uncredited)
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The film never becomes exciting despite incidental brutalities...
9 September 2001 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Brigitte Bardot went on to Hollywood but did not fare any better... 'Shalako,' a British-produced Western directed by Edward Dmytryk, teamed her with Sean Connery and Stephen Boyd (her partner in 'The Night Heaven Fell') in a smoldering relationship charged with tension and passion...

The idea is cute and unbelievable: A party of European aristocrats are on a hunting safari in New Mexico in the 1880's... They are traveling with full equipage including butlers, maids, fine linens and vintage wines...

When their safari is led upon an Apache reservation, the Indians become annoyed, and Countess Irina Lazaar (Brigitte Bardot) is attacked by a savage Apache... Shalako (Sean Connery), a scout for the U.S. Army, bravely attempts to save her and leads the aristocrats away from imminent annihilation... With the Indians determined to attack, each member of the hunting party faces the greatest peril of their lives...

Edward Dmytryk seems to have attempted to recapture the freshness and essence of the 'B.B.' that Roger Vadim had helped to shape... But the re-creation escapes him, despite the careful choice of Louis L'Amour's novel and the casting of international stars as Jack Hawkins ('Lawrence of Arabia'), Peter Van Eyck ('The Longest Day'), Honor Blackman ('Goldfinger'), Woody Strode ('Spartacus'), and Valerie French ('Jubal').

The film never becomes exciting despite incidental brutalities...


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